Review of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer (Week 4; End of Phase 1)

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Week 4 marks the end of Phase 1 of the LiveFit program. Phase 1 of the program flew by! I have to say that this was one of the tougher weeks for me in LiveFit thus far. Want to know why? 

For this last week of Phase 1 (which is the “Weight-Training Only” portion of LiveFit), I really wanted to up my weights on as many exercises as I could. The exercise rotation was the same as Week 3, so I figured why not max out on the amount of muscle I could build before moving on to Phase 2? Sounds like a good plan, right? Well, here were the highlights and lowlights of Week 4:

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Highlights of Week 4

Are Those Michelle Obama Arms I See?
I’ve always wanted Michelle Obama arms and it looks like I’m on my way! I went up in weight on all my upper body exercises this week, which was really exciting. What arm exercises was I doing? I did 3 sets of each of the following exercises on my Back/Biceps day: Lat pull downs, (12reps with 25lbs), Cable rows (12reps with 40lbs), Bent Over Two-Arm Long Bar Row (12reps with 25lbs), Back extensions (body weight only), Barbell curls (12reps with 25lbs), Incline dumbell curls (10reps with 10lbs) and Alternating hammer curls (15reps with 12.5lbs). When I did each exercise I tried to take it sloooooow and really make sure that I was working my biceps and back. Since starting the program, I’ve gained 1-inch of muscle in each of my biceps, so I’m pretty stoked!!

I’m Starting To Master Certain Movements
At the end of this week, I really started feeling a lot more comfortable with the exercises in each rotation. This made it easier for me to go up in weight while still maintaining good form. I think one of the good things about the program thus far is that it gives you some time to master a particular rotation (roughly 2 weeks), so by the second week of work you know what you’re doing in the weight room. That said, I did have one of the NYSC staff come by and correct my form on my Tricep Kickbacks! I felt pretty humbled, but it’s all about form over substance!! 🙂

Lowlights of Week 4

One Whole Hour? Seriously?
While I now know the movements a lot better, the workout sessions for this week were still pretty long. I found myself constantly checking the clock at the gym in disbelief! There are 7-9 exercises per day during this week and with 3 sets per exercise, so it can be a long workout. Throw in the fact that I had to wait on a couple of machines that were being used, and we’re talking about a little over an hour of time spent in some instances. Yikes! It makes me miss my Beachbody videos, which I took for granted in terms of how short they were. I’m a little bit worried about how much longer the workouts will get once cardio comes back into the mix.

It’s Hard Measuring Progress At This Stage
What’s made this week the toughest thus far is feeling like I don’t have the best handle on my progress. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, weight training has really made me a lot hungrier than I expected & this continued in Week 4. Thus far I’ve gained 3lbs in Phase 1 of the program, which still has me super a little bummed. I also took my measurements and don’t know what to make of things; for example, my bust measurement went down half an inch but my waist measurement went up half an inch. And, as I mentioned, my biceps have gotten a full inch bigger, which is a number that I want to go up…gah!! All these metrics seem to be pointing all over the place so as someone who is used to seeing everything move in the same direction (weight down, measurements down) I’ve been getting a little impatient/confused with my results. I feel like my body is changing in composition, so it’s a hard thing to really track at this point. All I can do is trust in the program & try to stay positive as I move into Phase 2 & welcome back cardio!!

I hope you’ll stay tuned for my Week 5 review!! 😉 -CFC

*** How do you measure your workout progress? ***

(Check out Week 5 review!)

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9 Responses to Review of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer (Week 4; End of Phase 1)

  1. Kitty says:

    Hi, I found your blog while looking for insanity reviews, and I was wondering of you still had problems with the bodybuilding website. I’ve found a very helpful PDF file for the workouts on a blog: lifestylechallenges.wordpress.com. This isn’t my blog, and I don’t know the person who writes it. I’m currently in week 7 of livefit and you don’t really lose weight until the last month: phases 1&2 are for muscle building and the last phase will be the fatloss part! So hang in there, I track my progress through photos, not the scale. Good luck!

    Ps. I spend about an hour and a half in the gym these days…

    • ChicFitChef says:

      Hi Kitty!! Thanks so much for your note!! I’ve been a bit bummed about the weight gain but it’s good to talk to someone who’s on the other side and can tell me what to expect!! I took photos at the beginning so maybe some updated photos would be a better way to measure my progress. How did you find out about LiveFit? -CFC

      • Kitty says:

        Yeah I took photos at the beginning too, and again after phase 1 – and the small differences I saw were what kept me going when I my weight remained the same! Can’t remember how I found LiveFit, probably via Pinterest and I was immediately obsessed with it. But… I’m already on the lookout for a new challenge because I’ve found out I love working out so much (who knew?!) and I’m interested in the Insanity workout. Phase 3 of LF has a lot of plyo/cardio and from what I gather, Insanity is mostly that. Which one did you enjoy most (up to this point in LF)?

      • ChicFitChef says:

        I need to dig up the photo I took at the very beginning of the program. I’m actually in Week 6 right now (I wanted to give it 2wks before I started posting to the blog) so I definitely think another set of photos would motivate me!

        You’re right- Insanity is mostly hi-intensity cardio and plyometrics. It’s funny, I was actually thinking it would be cool to do an Insanity-LiveFit (Phase 3) mash-up! At this stage, I would still say that I enjoy Insanity more; the results are much more immediate (weight loss, loss of inches on my frame, etc.) BUT, I will say that at the end of Insanity my joints were a bit tender, so there are drawbacks to doing 60-days of HIC. Have you considered Aslyum? It incorporates weights (unlike Insanity) and could be a great compliment to LiveFit as well! Check out my reviews of Asylum Pt 1 and let me know if you have any thoughts on doing it. -CFC

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  3. Suzanna Bailey says:

    I’m on week 7. I have noticed a big difference in my mid-section. I took pictures and loaded them onto BodySpace on bodybuilding.com. I have lost 9 pounds so far on and off. I am really enjoying the program. Though I must say I was a bit of a skeptic at first but someone told me “hey it’s Jamie Eason she knows what she’s talking about, just look at her body”. Keep at it girl, don’t stop.

    • ChicFitChef says:

      Thanks so much for the support Suzanna! There are a lot of LiveFitters who have been coming out of the woodwork. My Week 5 review will be coming up soon…I’m liking Phase 2 a bit more than Phase 1! How did you find out about LiveFit?

      • Suzanna Bailey says:

        I found out about LiveFit through bodybuilding.com while looking at some products like CLA and Protein Powder. Clicked it and Im hooked. It gives me something to do and look forward to doing everyday. Are you on BodySpace?

      • ChicFitChef says:

        Yep, I’m on Bodyspace- though I honestly haven’t been using my account all that much. Give me a shout!

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